“The only thing better than playing shows with friends and their friends is getting to make records with friends and their friends.” This sentiment from Andrea K (Caustic Touch, Vice Device) perfectly encapsulates the spirit behind this 4-way split from House of Low Culture, Daniel Menche, Caustic Touch, and EMS on Portland’s Accident Prone Records. In early 2016, the artists on this record played together at Portland’s High Water Mark Lounge as Mamiffer (Faith Collocia and Aaron Turner), Daniel Menche, Caustic Touch, and EMS. Throughout the months that followed, the artists grew closer, and continued to play together in a variety of configurations and acts. After regional dates opening for Sumac, Andrea K asked Aaron Turner if he would be interested in having any of his projects join Caustic Touch as part of a 4-way split that she and Gary Bahen (Accident Prone) had been envisioning. Aaron and Faith signed on as House of Low Culture, and immediately suggested frequent collaborator Daniel Menche join in. When the three got together to decide who would best round out the split, it was a quick, unanimous vote to ask Vern Avola (EMS, Elrond, ex-Prizehog). Despite having recorded separately, the tracks on this split flow together as though the album had been written and recorded as a collaboration. The result is a beautiful, haunting, and extraordinarily cohesive assemblage of experimental noise that stands as a testament to the friendship, respect, and artistic vision these five artists share.
Sweet news brought to you by EMS and DEAD! (We even collaborated on this post!)
Back at Home // Unpopularity Contest! New Collaborations featuring EMS + JEM (of DEAD) // DEAD + EMS
EMS + Jem – “Back at Home”
The EMS + Jem Cassette “Back At Home” is out 6.2.17! On this recording EMS plays synth and live re-mixes Jem who plays a 44 Gallon drum armed with a hammer, mallets and a piece of fence piping we stole from a worksite.
The fourth and final chapter of DEAD’s trilogy features the band in collaboration with Vern Avola aka EMS – underground synth wizard from Portland, Oregon.
EMS is a sometimes touring partner of DEAD and the band consider her to be an exceptionally talented and inspiring individual. One single piece takes up an entire side of Vinyl in what might be described as the soundtrack to a slow, brooding nightmare. As with “We Won’t Let you Sleep” this record was made with Toshi Kasai at Sound of Sirens.
Melbourne cult power trio Wicked City take care of side two with three explosive punk rock bangers. DEAD have admired Wicked City’s unique and uncompromising contribution to progressive punk rock for many years and working with them on this is no small honour. Unpopularity Contest available here.
BIG NEWS!! My pals DEAD have created something… amazing… magical… LIFE CHANGING! What is it?! A five-LP TRILOGY!!!!! Guess what? E M S got to play with Dead, and is part of this magical beast of a box set!
INSIDE YOU WILL FIND:
LP #1 “Collective Fictions” Split w/ Mark Deutrom LP #2 “Untitle” feat BJ Morriszonkle LP #3 “We Won’t Let You Sleep” feat. Kevin Rutmanis & Toshi Kasai LP #4 “Unpopularity Contest” Split w/ Wicked City DEAD tracks are a collaboration with EMS + A Bonus, extra, secret, one sided LP. (exclusive to this box)
Each record is housed in a silkscreened gatefoldcover cardboard box – limited to 66 copies.
If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, you can pre-order the box set here. Southern hemisphere here.
Still in shock. I am without words.
Friendship. Family. Unity. Love.
If you can, please donate. https://www.youcaring.com/ourcommunityaffectedbytheoaklandghostshipfire-715087
This fund is to provide immediate relief for those most affected by the Oakland Fire who are not eligible for any other source of immediate relief. We are a group of individuals who all lost friends and loved ones in the fire, and we have been connecting those in our community most in need with resources being offered and funds being raised. Since the Red Cross only takes care of biological family or legal partners of the deceased or the displaced, and The Gray Area Fund is for future long term support, we are one of a small number of groups doing this work and taking care of people affected who do not have their own individual fundraisers. People lost roomates who can no longer pay for rent. People have been taking unpaid time off from work to grieve. People who survived the fire or lost loved ones need therapy and other healing services now. People have been flying in from out of town to attend memorials. We have been hosting memorials at our houses, feeding and housing out of town friends, giving each other free health care and other goods and services. This is a community that was already financially vulnerable, that was struggling to make ends meet before this terrible tragedy. Our group has already been taking care of those in our community through other fundraisers, and there is a lot more work to do. Your donations will immediately help people struggling in this community.
Matt Palenske aka Consumer. recently interviewed me about my new album “Liebe Für Alle” for Experimental Portland!
Vern Avola has made herself a support beam in the synth based experimental electronic scene in Portland. Participating in a wide roster of projects including Elrond, Big Nasty Bill & the Deans, and offering live assistance for Tig Bitty among many others, she has an apt name for her project in which she is the sole decider…Eat My Shit (EMS). Her October 2016 release, through An Out Recordings, Liebe Fur Alle contains two takes on a live moment recorded by Daniel Menche at the High Water Mark Lounge.
The A side is the raw room track, literally beginning with a natural crossfade of the crowd’s chatter and EMS’s establishing drone. The second breath into the strobing hum is from a new atmosphere, an unfamiliar air that signals that the visions have already taken effect. The sound trudges through a colossal canopy that veils the rapid descent into increasingly wider views of a fantastic journey akin to The Neverending Story. The excitement and mystery of adventure are presented at face value. Dread and serenity are inner-twined so vividly that the idea of arrival is abandoned, volunteering to ride a sonic conveyer belt. Whether or not somebody has a similar visual reaction, the point is that this album rewards the listener’s full immersion.
The B side is a shift in perspective of the same journey. After experiencing the smell and touch of the adventure, the B side studies the experience from inside an apparatus. Remixed by Menche, the elements are intensified to a blinding level as if he’d shrunk down to the size of a red blood cell, charting the raw journey from hyper-specific beacons, relentlessly stretching either time or space to arrive at an understanding. By the end, the results of the study aren’t shared. The mystery remains.